Stefan Westerwelle: “Being special is the luxury every child has”
MATTI AND SAMI AND THE THREE BIGGEST MISTAKES IN THE UNIVERSE starts with a flashback: a bunch of people stuck at a lakeside. We have no clue how they ended up here in the middle of nowhere… until we’re introduced to a family with two sons – Matti & Sami – and plenty of problems. Mum can’t hold things together anymore, while dad is longing for his native country Finland. Matti decided it’s about time to give luck a little push: how about a winning lottery ticket that grants you a house in Finland? But the dream ends where the lie begins…
“He said: Now make something good out of it”
Claus Räfle’s docu-drama tells about four young Jews going underground in Berlin, after the Nazis officially declared the city to be “free of Jews” in February 1943. Of those 7000 “invisibles” 1700, mainly young people, managed to survive in a climate of fear, insecurity and ill-founded hope. With fake identity papers, without food rations or safe accommodations, relying on their brave aides.
“People showered in success are usually quite boring”
Daniar (12) lives on a farm in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, in an endless, open landscape. One day his father gives him a wild, young stallion to tame. Overjoyed and proud, Daniar takes on the challenge but his beloved horse has a bad temper and has to be put down after a dramatic incident. Daniar loses what he loves the most… Jens Pedersen met the boy while travelling the Silk Road.
The heat is on
A hot summer under a burning sun… it’s impossible to escape from the heat on a film set. While working on BINTI, Frederike Migom’s first feature-length film, actors are constantly looking for shelter under large parasols. “Fortunately, I function better in the heat than in the cold. And soon the young actors will get a chance to cool off in the neighbours swimming pool.”
“We are what forms the fabric of society”
Chuskit has a very simple dream – going to school. That dream is cut short when she is rendered a paraplegic after an accident. She’s confined to life indoors in the company of her strict grandfather, who tries to make her understand that school can’t handle her needs. As life at home gets harder, she starts rebelling against the traditions of her family members and other elders in her remote Himalayan village.
“Gimme two kids, an alien and a spaceship and I’ll make a great movie”
A giant spacecraft traveling with only two passengers on board: 12-year-old Gladys and her little brother Keaton, lingering around all day, heading towards a planet that never seems to come in sight. Until an unknown object crashes into the ship… Suddenly they are not alone in space anymore.
“I’m good in superhero trivia”
INVISIBLE SUE tells a hectic story about an unlikely superhero and her odd friends. The pace is rapid, the storyline complex, there’s flickering lights and sinister locations. The film by German director Markus Dietrich premiered at the Cinekid festival in Amsterdam.
Tadpoles do not develop simultaneously – and neither do humans
In our world things often reach a point where all you want to do is turn your head and look away. But, fortunately, plenty of short films for children actually do deal with those issues. The current trend is: take a closer look where it hurts, and where the protagonists never give up. One example is Nils Hedinger’s KUAP, about a tadpole who somehow misses out on becoming a frog and is left behind.